A Detroit high school is celebrating its seniors after 100 percent of the graduating class of 2019 received college acceptances.
“We are so proud of this class, and it really is a testament to the job skills that they learn as well as their hard work and dedication as students,” Detroit Cristo Rey High School President Michael Khoury told WXYZ.
The school is the only co-ed Catholic high school in the city and this group of 68 seniors represents the eighth straight year in a row that Cristo Rey seniors have all received college acceptances.
The school runs a special program, where, throughout their high school years, students from low-income homes take part in job training programs, working for companies like General Motors and DTE. That money is then put back into school programs since the school does not get funding from the Diocese or the state.
“The money they earned was then used to help pay for school programs, and the amount was more than $2 million,” Khoury explained.
Student success is also due to the small classroom sizes, ranging from 20 to 25 student, giving the high schoolers a lot of individual attention.
“These kids here have worked really hard. We have wonderful teachers who work real hard in support of them,” Khoury added.
Colleges that have accepted Cristo Rey students include New York University, Michigan State University, Eastern Michigan University, Loyola University and the University of Michigan.